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Aaron Spaeth, a 2018 alumnus of University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and teacher at Silverbrook Intermediate School in West Bend, recently was named as one of four award-winners in the 49th Annual Rolfs Educational Foundation Awards.

The awards honor exceptional teachers from elementary, middle level and high school and special services educators. Winners in each of the four categories receive $1,000.

In his nomination, Spaeth is described as dedicated and hard-working educator—enthusiastic in encouraging the love of reading and always looking for ways to appeal to even the most resistant reader.

The nominator said Spaeth brings in a variety of books, as well as strategies to best reach each student. Growth and achievement of his students is high year after year—in large part to his commitment to using best practices and individualizing instruction for students to reach them where they are.

Spaeth has developed English Language Arts action steps and facilitated professional development and helped set the direction for the building. His nominator said Spaeth is easy to work with and his co-workers can count on him for level-headed suggestions.

He is a graduate of the master of science in education-literacy program at UW Oshkosh.